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Leading brands at this week’s SB ‘15 London will reaffirm that doing good is good for business. At ISEAL Alliance, we wanted to find out why companies were choosing certification as a way to meet their sustainable sourcing goals and what the business benefits are for those that do.
In late 2014, ISEAL began to interview all kinds of businesses – retailers, manufacturers, traders and others – on what they saw as the value of working with credible sustainability standards (certification systems) such as those that are members of ISEAL. We wanted to know why certification made good commercial sense. So we began to seek out interviews with company sourcing directors, sustainability heads and other experts who had actively participated in the decision to engage in certification and have watched its evolution in their company over time.
Companies revealed the value of sustainability standards for their business in five key areas:
Click here to read interviews with M&S, IKEA, Mars, Woolworths, Wilmar, De Beers, Domtar, Bumble Bee Seafoods and Tetra Pak on what they see as the value of sustainability standards.
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This group of interviews is certainly not meant to prove the business case for certification nor to provide detailed research in a case study format; deeper research on the business case for certification is needed. But we at ISEAL hope that these stories will inspire additional companies to engage with credible, robust, and transparent standards. We believe that sustainability standards can provide a roadmap to responsible practices for companies large and small in a wide range of sectors, particularly if those standards systems have been set up with positive sustainability impacts as their highest aim and with credibility at the heart of their systems.
Published Nov 16, 2015 5am EST / 2am PST / 10am GMT / 11am CET